Hogan Swinging Left Drill


Ben Hogan appeared to “swing left” by using a body style release. This drill will teach you exactly how to do that and build a stable release in your golf swing.

21 thoughts on “Hogan Swinging Left Drill

  1. Hello. I feel like the bowed left wrist is a very weak, losing pressure with last three fingers, and the handle scratches my glove after impact at P7.5, sometime the club flyes out from the hands before its coming to finish position. Any cure please…

  2. I think that what leads people down the incorrect path in terms of how they "release" the golf club is the fact that a great many teachers have the club opening in to a toe up position going back. From there, the rolling of the forearms just makes sense through impact. You will see many more great players with a classically shut club face position and a body release pattern in the future.

  3. Working with this concept, which I have touched on for years, changed my game completely. It helped to keep the clubhead come from inside the target line, to the target line then back inside the target line rather than too much in to out which I was deep in to. Crossing the line, unless you're trying to intentionally curve the ball, kills my shot consistency. (obviously)

  4. Nice video. Two tips in practicing the mini shot demonstrated: 1) Don't let the right shoulder rotate out coming through, (shanks), but more under as seen in Hogan and Trevino. 2) Remember that Hogan and Trevino used clubs with flat lie angles. Today's upright lie angles make this method nearly impossible to learn. They almost demand a flippy hand release post impact. (You can buy great old forged blades on ebay inexpensively. They are soft and easy to adjust the lie angle. If you grip down a bit, or even shorten your driver and fairway woods, it has the effect of flattening the lie angle without doing anything to the head. Experiment with flatter lie angles if you want to train "swinging left" like Hogan and Trevino.)

  5. Is it correct to observe that the racket is not square to the target line until it is well past address? Meaning you would be hitting a ball before it reached your left foot. When I do this drill with a golf club, I only get square in time to reach the ball if the hips are well ahead of the hands, and I guess that’s the point?

  6. I found the secret to do this is to have the left elbow turn over near your body.   It pulls to the left as you turn your body.  This allows the club and hands to catch up and break over nicely.

  7. Great video, BJ best I have seen from the impact position to finish. I always struggled with section of the swing, but this really helps with the pivot and rotating the body to get left.

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